Images of a traditional Opening Day

The club bell is rung by one of the senior members (left)- Wakatere Boating Club - Opening Day 2009

For many New Zealand sailing clubs, October marks the opening of the summer sailing season. Sail-World's camera was down at Wakatere Boating Club today to take in the Opening Day of one of New Zealand's top dinghy sailing clubs which started in 1926 as a sailing canoe club. In fact, Wakatere means fast canoe.

The club races in eight classes. There are mnay instances of three generations of sailing families being actively involved in the club. The club has stuck by its traditons, one of which, in conjunction with the North Shore City Council and local heritage society is to maintain the traditional racing tower. On Opening Day, heritage racing is sailed, with startes off the tower and an offshore mark, rather than the usual patrol boat starts.

The day is a great opportunity to view the fleet, and have a chat - Wakatere Boating Club - Opening Day 2009

Around six of the eight or so classes sailed are in this shot - Wakatere Boating Club - Opening Day 2009

Part of the fleet lined up outside the club - there’s more being rigged around the back, and on the beach - Wakatere Boating Club - Opening Day 2009

The club race tower was built in the early 1950’s - Wakatere Boating Club - Opening Day 2009

The strong Starling fleet lines up - Wakatere Boating Club - Opening Day 2009

The Sunburst two man dinghy was designed by one of the clubs founders, Jack Brooke - Wakatere Boating Club - Opening Day 2009

There’s the official Briefing, and then the unofficial Briefing on the beach - Wakatere Boating Club - Opening Day 2009

Optimist coaching will be conducted at Wakatere this Saturday

Fond farewells for the OK fleet - Wakatere Boating Club - Opening Day 2009

Wakatere Boating Club - Opening Day 2009

Club Life member Neil Coleman (in his 80’s) helps out on the ramp before climbing into the tower to help with race management - Wakatere Boating Club - Opening Day 2009